Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Thai Yoga Massage Workshop January 28, 2012

Join us if you can Saturday from 10:00am - 12:00pm for a Thai Massage Workshop.  At this workshop you will learn basic techniques to practice Thai on each other.  This is a great way to spend a Saturday morning with a friend, spouse, sibbling or child.  You could go to lunch or grab a cup coffee afterward to allow the session to slowly sink into the muscles.
Thai massage is practiced fully dressed on a Thai massage mat.  The mat is thick and almost similar to a small mattress.  During the massage your partner will stretch and massage your muscles and take you into a relaxed state of mind.  It may at times seem almost energizing but it ends with a long resting period to give your body time to respond to the massage you just received.
Call us at 608-780-7909 to sign up!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Prepare your skin for Winter!

Moisturize your hands 2 -3 times a week.  Choose an intense moisturizer like Yes to Carrots Intense Repair hand cream.  First dampen your hands and then smooth the cream on before slipping on a pair of cotton gloves.  Leave the gloves on for 30 minutes or overnight.  Enjoy your hands!

Plug in a humidifier to add the moisture back into the air that your heating system is pulling out.  Put it in your bedroom while you sleep and keep the humidity between 30 - 50 percent.  Change the water daily and clean the machine every three days.

Licking your lips will dry out your lips faster than leaving them alone.  Try putting a salve on your lips that contain glycerin, lanolin and dimethicone.  Blistex Cold and Allergy lip soother is great for the lips.

Summer is not the only time to grab that SPF suntan lotion.  The sun shines in the winter too.  Sometimes the sun will reflect off the snow and that can be just as harmful as the sun shining on you.  Always protect exposed skin with a moisturizer that contains a broad-spectrum suncreen of at least SPF 15.

Soften the calluses on your feet with a dry foot file such as Telebrands PedEgg.  Afterwards, apply a cream with exfoliating alpha hydroxy acids like Eucerin Plus Intensive Repair foot creme.

Taking a bath in the winter will help cure the winter blues.  Skip the drying bubbles and add a capful of oil under running water.  Try Aveeno Skin Relief shower and bath oil.

Long steamy showers feel good for the moment but are very oil stripping for the skin.  Get out of the shower quickly after cleansing with a hydrating body wash.  A body wash with jojoba and cocoa butter are great for softening.

Put away products with high levels of alcohol, such as toners and astringents, during the winter months.  Clay based masks should also be avoided and they can rob skin of essential moisture.

Right after bathing pat dry with a towel while keeping skin slightly damp and smooth on some moisturizer immediately.  If you see flakes, use a thick moisturizer on that area.

Shield your skin from moisture-zapping chills.  If the weather is cold, cover up all exposed areas.  Leather guards your skin better than wool and wrap a chunky scarf around your neck made of soft fabric or fleece.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Save up to $10,000.00 this year!

Instead of bottled water which may cost $365.00 a year at $1.00 a bottle, add a filter to your tap. A filter for your tap may cost about $30.00 and for fresh water on the go, pick up a self filtering water bottle for as little as $10.00.

Do you have a home phone and a cell phone? How many times a day/week/month does it ring?  Consider cancelling your home phone and put the savings toward your cell phone bill.

Basic ingredients for the pantry such as flour, pasta, eggs and milk are generally the same no matter the producer. Why pay more for a brand name when you can get the same thing for less money in a generic name?

Do you watch only a handful of channels available to you? Then you may be able to do without cable. If you have a Roku box, Wii or other compatible gaming consoles, you can replace your cable service with online streaming. Purchase a Hulu Plus account which gives you access to current popular shows and an archive of more than 33,000 episodes of your favorite series, plus a library of movies.
Drinking a glass of wine at a restaurant is marked up as much as 200%.  I have seen a glass of wine sold at $7.00 a glass and the bottle is sold at a local market for as low as $12.00 a bottle.  Enjoy a glass of wine at home instead with an appetizer.  You could save between $100.00 - $200.00 per year.  I often drink beer in place of wine for money savings.
Do you love manicures and pedicures?  Well, I found that polishing my own nails at home is well worth the savings.  I also paint my own flowers and designs.  I watch while I get a pedicure and go home and try it.  Of course, who doesn't love to be pampered.  Go out and have some fun and use it as a treat 3 - 4 times a year but have fun at home too....Invite a friend and have twice the fun!
Last but not least, let's talk about exercise.  How much money have you spent at expensive gyms or country clubs?  Check out the local buzz.  There is always a community pool or a hotel that you can pay once a month to swim in the pool.  How about going outside just like the mailman in snow, sleet, or rain?  I bought spikes for my shoes and I am on the road to run!  Check out your local gym or community education.  Or...try my place!
Peace to you in 2012!